Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Random Post: Sutherland Plant Sale THIS Weekend!

*** Correction, the Sutherland annual plant sale is THIS weekend in KC.

Sorry I was such a downer in my previous post.  It's spring.  Let's look forward to pretty things.

I hear Sutherland is having their annual truckload plant sale next weekend.  Last year, I think it was a pack of 4 starter plants for $0.99 or maybe it was $0.79... don't remember, I just know it was cheap!  They grew really well too.  I bought some eggplant, tomato plants, various herbs and peppers plants, all produced nice yields.

My friend also has a farm and he'll grow whatever I give him so I'm thinking ginger and lemongrass this year.  I always need those.  Apparently, there's a black apple tree that's native.  I want one of those.  They look so cool.  That and a hawthorn and empress tree.   I think once I get older, I might like a small farm and then plant all sorts of crazy things.  Oh, and I definitely want a geothermal greenhouse!  Check those out on YouTube if you have a chance.  They are amazing!

What are you planting this year?


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Egg Day!

Happy Easter, everyone!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

April Update

Hey y'all,

Haven't really done much since I published the last Polaris route on the Ides of March (March 15th).  I started on a spin-off for Dui's true ending because I knew the last book didn't do him much justice though I'd intended it that way.  Dui played second chair to Bai Hu the entire novel so it didn't seem right for Bao Lai to fall head over heels for him then.  Besides, she needed to close the attachment to Bai Hu in order to give Dui her entire heart.  The spin-off story would take place a year later after Dui's ending from Polaris: The General and the General Practitioner when Bao Lai is working as Dui's apprentice in Pa Xu.  She chose to give up Bai Hu while Dui still thinks she'd fall back into old habits given a change of heart from Hu.  It'll be a love triangle again, though in reverse from the main novel.  That's the idea anyway but it's more difficult to put things into words than I thought.  Paused writing this one for now.

I went back to pick up writing another book which I started years ago and never got anywhere.  Been shirking it too because the tone is so much different now than it was then.  Apparently, I had more of a sense of humor then.  Still debating whether I want to self publish this one or enter it into the Kindle Scout for a contract.  I might go the latter route if I can cut it down.  It's hard for me to keep anything under 500 pages.  I'm always amazed at good stories, complete from top to bottom, written in less than 200.  Maybe it's a formatting thing or maybe it's just me being long-winded.

Anyway, I might just drop everything and go slash some dudes in Ninja Gaiden now that I've bought the pro Wii controller.  Mindlessly mashing buttons to control a ninja is pretty awesome.

That's all I have for now

Lenne Penry

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Random Post: United Airlines' Recent Blunder

Hey everyone,

This issue is trending right now with United Airlines having injured a Vietnamese doctor who refused to get off the plane.  I'm a little dismayed and somewhat pissed for several reasons, mainly because I am Vietnamese (Lenne "Pen"ry is my nom de plume) and I've hated United Airlines for a long time before this happened.  Guess this is more of expressing some agitation than anything else on my part.

The recent issue in the news
In case you didn't know, United Airline recently overbooked one of their flights, which a lot of airlines do in case of cancellations.  However, in this instance, no one cancelled and they needed four seats for their attendants.  Thus, they offered incentives for four people to take a later flights.  When no one took the offer, they "randomly" chose four people to be removed.  All four were minorities, three were Asians, one of which was a Vietnamese doctor.  He didn't comply because he had patients to see in the morning.  During the altercation, his head hit the armrest and his body became limp while blood spewed from his mouth and nose.  His limp body was then dragged from the plane.

My thoughts
While I have to agree that the doctor should have gotten off the plane when told to by US Marshals, the situation had its oddity and United Airlines certainly did not handle the situation properly.

  • Four people were "randomly" chosen to be removed.  I find it difficult to believe based on the videos from other passengers that four minorities were randomly chosen from the entire casts, three of whom were Asians.  Most Asians will comply with authority and perhaps UA thought they wouldn't make a fuss.  Was this racist?  Perhaps not, but certainly it seems like profiling.
  • The doctor was a very old man so was it necessary to use that much force?  Probably not.  I don't think it's right to lay hands on a paying customer who hasn't done anything wrong except for claiming a service he'd paid for.  Still, as mentioned, I think the doctor should have left the plane and pushed them to find another flight for him, whether through them or another airline, to get him back within the same time span.  
  • Since this happened, UA CEO's commended his employees for the rough handling of a passenger.  Very improper on his part.  UA is afraid of a massive lawsuit since this issue has garner a lot of attention so whether it was through them or other sources, the doctor's shady past was brought to light in order to destroy his credibility; character assassination so to say.  
    • Yes, he has a shady past and was tried at court for it.  It's over and done with.  What he did then has nothing to do with UA's actions now. 
Overall, this has been a mess.  I hope the doctor didn't suffer any permanent damage and I hope UA will learn to treat their customers better, though I really doubt it.  I will not join in the boycott of UA simply because I've banned them from my airline list a long time ago.  Airlines I do like are these two: Southwest Airlines and Alaskan Airlines.  Delta is fine but I have my qualms with them as well.

My experiences with United Airlines
I've flown with them on three instances and during all three, there were issues.  Since then, I've been willing to pay more for a flight so I don't have to deal with them in general.

  1. The first time I nearly missed my connecting flight in Chicago because they were super late.  I ran like a madwoman since the connecting flight was going out of the country.  Planes tend to be late sometimes, oh well, I'll give that a pass.  Not the first time a plane was late.
  2. Second time, when I went to get my ticket, they told me my flight was cancelled.  I was going to fly into Orange County and the lady at the counter insisted that I come back the next day.  I said no way, I have a reservation to keep and I already paid for tonight. So, she insisted to fly me into LA and have a family member pick me up.  I don't know why she assumed I have family in LA, because I don't, and I told her as such.  I wasn't going to spend a ton of money to have a cab drive me from LA to Orange County.  After insisting that I had to make this flight and with her giving me the runaround, finally when others who were waiting for the same plane griped along, they finally placed us on Delta flights instead.  Got there super late at night.
  3. Third time, and this was the straw that broke the camel's back, they gave away my seat (booked five months in advanced) to a gentleman who missed his flight.  Apparently he was supposed to sit in the same seat as me but on a different flight.  They never told me.  I found out when I boarded the plane and someone was in my seat.  So, I told the flight attendant the situation and asked if I could just take an empty seat.  Good customer services called for him to do something when his company screwed up.  Instead, he laughed at me as though I were incredibly stupid and told me that everyone has to sit in assigned seats.  Again, I reiterated that I can't because someone is in it.  At which point he chuckled and said, "Yeah, we'll figure it out."  Then he walked off, chuckling to himself as though he'd spoken to a simpleton.  So, I'm left stranded in the middle of the plane without a seat while others boarded.  It was awkward to say the least. He never did come back to help me and so I just sat in one of the empty seats after everyone boarded.

With three consecutive times flying with them and three different issues, I can see just how much they want my business.  This is why I've long made a vow to avoid them as much as possible.  Companies that don't provide good customer services don't deserve their customers.  I always vote with my money, in that I take it somewhere else.

What do you think of this recent event?

~Lenne Penry